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How to tell time with haptic feedback in watchOS 9

Along with iOS 16, Apple has launched watchOS 9, which brings new features and enhanced experiences to the Apple Watch.

Did you know you can have your Apple Watch tell you the time with haptic feedback if it’s running watchOS 9? When it’s in silent mode, the smartwatch can tap out the time on your wrist with a series of distinct taps. 

To do so, open the Settings app on your Apple Watch, then:

  1. Tap Clock, scroll down, then tap Taptic Time.
  2. Turn on Taptic Time, then choose a setting—Digits, Terse, or Morse Code. Hours and minutes are indicated in the following ways:
    • Digits: Apple Watch long taps for every 10 hours, short taps for each following hour, long taps for every 10 minutes, then short taps for each following minute.
    • Terse: Apple Watch long taps for every five hours, short taps for the remaining hours, then long taps for each quarter hour.
    • Morse Code: Apple Watch taps each digit of the time in Morse code.
  3. To feel a haptic version of the time, touch and hold two fingers on the watch face.
    Taptic Time also works when the Always On Display is dimmed.

You can also configure Taptic Time on iPhone. Open the Apple Watch app on iPhone, tap My Watch, go to Clock > Taptic Time, then turn it on.

Note: Taptic Time is disabled if Apple Watch is set to always speak the time. To be able to use Taptic Time, first go to Settings > Clock, then turn on Control With Silent Mode under Speak Time.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple’s support pages — where the images sometimes come from.)

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.